A Realtor may be able to negotiate some additional upgrades, a reduced price or other terms that will be in your best interests. The Realtor can also help you review the loan terms offered through the builder's preferred Mortgage Company to determine if you are getting the best mortgage deal for the property.
If you are moving to Austin, I'd love to help you!
Keller Williams Austin
Good news, you do not hire a Realtor, but you should call one that has some experience in negotiating with builders. Especially a National home builder.
I have a lot of experience in working with clients and New Home Builders. You will end up with a better deal and favorable situation with a Realtor that has done this before. They know the right questions to ask and how to negotiate.
The Builder is the seller and they want the best price they can attain from you. You need someone on your side! Do not go to the negotiating table without an experienced Realtor who has done this for others and has a good track record.
Where are you purchasing, what state? Are you in the Houston area?
I hope this is helpful and wish you the best.
Suzie Nugent, Real Estate Agent with Realm Professionals Katy, Texas
You always want to use an agent when buying a builder home. They will never give you a discount when you do not use one and never forget the builders agent works for the builder and is trying to get him top dollar as that is how he gets paid. The Realtor commission is not tied to the the home price but is in reality a separate marketing expense all together.
There are so many steps in the home buying process you truly need somebody on your side or you could risk losing a lot of money.
You can read my blog article on buying a new builder home right here on my Trulia blog in my profile or go there directly with the link below..
Good luck on your purchase!
REALTOR | Mortgage Broker | Consultant
Buy - Sell - Lease - Invest
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
Some advice I give clients when they are buying a new home: 1) Don't purchase the Model. Most people are visual, they can get a sense of living in a space based on seeing it. Therefore, in most new home communities, the Model home is the one duplicated. When it comes time to resell, having something different than the norm is a benefit. 2) Check for the little things. You are seeing things completely decked out and furnished, but are you noticing how many hose bibbs there are and where they are located. Do you have an exterior electrical recepticle and will it be enough to run your Christmas lights. Is the exterior lighting sufficient for your future needs (ie: flood lights on the corners of the home). Addressing these little issues upfront will save a lot of additional rehabilitation costs if you were to have them installed later. 3) Get clarificaation on the finishes. Knockdown ceilings vs. Smooth Finish, 5 1/4" baseboard vs. 3 1/4" baseboards, Shoe moulding over hard surface flooring, Door hardware finish (and making sure it matches the hinges).
Long and short, the Builder will probably hand you a specifications sheet as an aswer to your questions. But the amount of detail you cover up front will definitely make your end product that much more enjoyable for you.
Best of Luck, and if you would like to have a referral for the area you are considering buying in, please feel free to contact me.